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Rajan Parrikar

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Nikkor-Q 200mm f/4 lens
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Re: Nikkor-Q 200mm f/4 lens
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2012, 04:19:09 pm »

really nice image quality out of that thing
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Re: Nikkor-Q 200mm f/4 lens
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2012, 04:50:02 pm »

It's a lens i lusted after in my youth, not so much now.
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Re: Nikkor-Q 200mm f/4 lens
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2012, 05:55:12 pm »

A tribute by Thomas Pindelski -
http://pindelski.org/Photography/2012/03/10/nikkor-q-200mm-f4-lens/

Quoting from the above link -

"Another insane bargain"

Agreed.

"gorgeous rendition of out-of-focus areas"

Pretty much agree for the background OOF areas.

"ultimate exemplar of optical and mechanical engineering"

Ummmm... no.  Good craftmanship in the user-interface bits but the all-aluminum focussing helix tends to bind readily if not kept lubricated, unlike a combination of dissimmilar metals like brass and aluminum as used by most other 35mm SLR makers at the time.

Optically, we're not all looking for the same thing.  This lens was pretty good in its day but "ultimate exemplar of optical ... engineering"?  Lower contrast  and having to fix color fringing suggests something other than "ultimate exemplar".
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Re: Nikkor-Q 200mm f/4 lens
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2012, 08:32:28 pm »

I don't remember being that impressed by the optics back when I used it in the 80s.  But for $30 ....
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Re: Nikkor-Q 200mm f/4 lens
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2012, 10:20:37 pm »

"Optically, we're not all looking for the same thing.  This lens was pretty good in its day but "ultimate exemplar of optical ... engineering"?  Lower contrast  and having to fix color fringing suggests something other than "ultimate exemplar".

Which is pretty much why the 180mm f/2.8 Nikkors became a more desirable lens for working pros.
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Re: Nikkor-Q 200mm f/4 lens
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2012, 11:44:02 pm »

"Optically, we're not all looking for the same thing.  This lens was pretty good in its day but "ultimate exemplar of optical ... engineering"?  Lower contrast  and having to fix color fringing suggests something other than "ultimate exemplar".

Which is pretty much why the 180mm f/2.8 Nikkors became a more desirable lens for working pros.
The Nikkor Q 200/4 is very compact.  Yup.  Ummm.  Four elements.  Hmm. 

The 180/2.8 ED-IF.  The beauty.  The beauty.  Clean.  Beaucoup good bokeh. 
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